Giving Back This Fall

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November Volunteer Events

Volunteering is an especially popular activity during the holiday season. With the joy and appreciation the holidays bring for many people, there is a heightened desire to give back to our communities. Thankfully, volunteers are needed year-round, so the opportunities are endless!


1. Family Day of Service: Sweet Dreams and Bright Smiles

The Assistance League of Los Angeles will host the Family Day of Service: Sweet Dreams and Bright Smiles event on Saturday, November 13th, from 10am to 1pm. 


In-person volunteers will collect and sort personal care items and create fleece blankets for the AL’s different programs, including the Preschool Learning Center, Foster Children’s Resource Center, and Operation School Bell. In-person dropoff is an option as well, and all items donated must be packaged and unused. 


Those unable to attend in-person can support the Assistance League of Los Angeles with a monetary donation or by ordering off their Amazon Wishlist. Donations and orders must be made before November 13th.


AL’s goal is to gather 3,400 personal care products and 100 fleece blankets, and with several ways to contribute, everyone can participate however works best for them.


2. The We in Me: Community Care Kits

HomeLA, The Box, Emily Marchand, and Caitlyn Montgomery have collaborated to create The We in Me: Community Care Kits, a volunteer event meant to aid the homeless population in Los Angeles while generating conversations between parents and children about homelessness.


Groups of eight volunteers have 45 minutes to package 16 kits in total. The kits are distributed to Skid Row organizations such as the Downtown Women’s Center, Inner-City Arts, and the Brown Bag Lady.


Volunteering occurs on Sunday, November 14th, and reservations are required to attend. Arrival time slots are available for 9am, 10am, 11am, and 12pm. 


3. Los Angeles Mission Thanksgiving Celebration

The Los Angeles Mission is hosting its annual Thanksgiving dinner, and volunteers are needed to assist with food preparation and serving hot meals.  


With the help of volunteers, the Mission is able to provide thousands of pounds worth of food to homeless people and families during the holidays. The Thanksgiving Celebration alone consists of nearly five thousand pounds of food.


The Mission also shares Bibles, and thousands of blankets and tarps to assure shelter during cold winter nights.


Volunteers must first make an account on VolunteerHub and participate in an orientation before signing up for a specific volunteer event. The Mission offers Christmas and Easter volunteer opportunities as well.


4. Oceanic Global Los Angeles Beach Cleanup 

This coming Sunday, November 7, Oceanic Global's Los Angeles Hub is holding a beach cleanup at Venice Beach between 10am and 12pm, and it is a great volunteer opportunity for families.


All necessary supplies will be included, like gloves and bags. The supplies are reusable, and attendees should also bring reusable water bottles and ocean-friendly sunscreens with them.


5. Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Food is necessary, so the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank offers year-round volunteer opportunities to ensure that people who need food get food.


Volunteer locations include community and senior centers, schools and shelters, soup kitchens, and more. Those who sign up to help can expect to do things such as stocking new items and keeping an inventory of all foods. 


Personal hygiene kits can be made from home for those unable to volunteer in person. All items included in the personal hygiene kit should be unused and unopened items you have purchased. The kits can then be mailed out or dropped off at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.


One Last Thing 


There are many volunteer opportunities in Los Angeles supporting a range of causes and communities, and you are bound to find one (or two, or three) that speaks to you. And with the options to drop off items and participate virtually, volunteering is obtainable for even more people!